Hot TVs & Projectors How-Tos

How To: Connect a laptop or PC to your TV with an RGB cable

In this Electronics video tutorial you will learn how to connect a laptop or PC to your TV with an RGB cable. Take your RGB cable and plug it in to the back of the TV as shown in the video. You can also do this with the HDMI cable. Now take other end of the RGB cable and plug it in to the laptop or PC. Then you right click on your desktop, go down to graphics options > output to > monitor. Now you have to change the input to your TV. This will depend on the make and model of your TV. Once tha...

How To: Connect a digital converter box to an analog TV

This video tutorial from Consumer Reports will show you how to connect a digital converter box to an analog television. These are step-by-step instructions on how to connect your digital converter box, plus tips and troubleshooting to help you along the way. This DTV converter box is needed only if you do not connect to a cable box already, do not have a digital-ready television, and have an analog TV that connects to an antenna.

How To: Make a TV remote jammer

Televisions are an amazing innovation that allow for endless hours of entertainment and information dissemination, but sometimes you just want them off! Make a TV remote jammer as a joke, to get a few hours of quite or just for fun.

How To: Program an RCA universal remote control

If you want to program an RCA universal remote control, you can follow this professional's advice. Make sure the batteries are in place, and turn on the device you want to control. On the top row of the remote control, there are buttons labeled with the names of different devices. Press the button for the device you want to program, and press ON/OFF button at the same time. The light under the ON/OFF button will light up indicating you are in program mode. Press the play button on the lower p...

How To: Program an RCA universal remote

If you just bought a new RCA universal remote and want to program it then this is for you. The first thing you have to do is hold down the TV button and tap and hold the on/off button until the TV button lights. Now you have to keep pushing the play button so your remote can send codes to your TV/ device. You may have to do this several times. Next you push rewind until your TV turns off. The last thing you have to do is press the stop button to make the remote accept the code. Now you remote...

How To: Connect a laptop to a TV using an S-video cable

Have a laptop and a TV? Want to use your laptop on the bigger screen? Well, here's how. This video offers the viewers a detailed step by step explanation on how to connect their laptop to their TV and to use their TV as their new laptop screen. More specifically, this video offers the method for anyone with an S video cable and HDMI connection. The instructions are clear and precise, and viewers should have no problem connecting their devices after this.

How To: Use a universal remote control

In this home entertainment video series, learn how to use a universal remote control. A universal remote is just what it sounds like: it’s a device that allows you to control several different home electronics appliances at once—like the stereo, DVD player, VCD, TV, satellite dish, etc. The complexity of the remote can vary, but in this day and age, it’s probably a good idea to have one. Our expert will walk you through some of the basic functions and buttons, including how to program the uni...

How To: Connect a computer to an HDTV using an HDMI cable

In this video, we learn how to connect a computer to an HDTV using an HDMI cable. Start out by plugging your HDMI blue port in the back of your computer monitor. Also, plug in a yellow DVI to HDMI converted with a cable connected to this. You can buy these on Amazon or New Egg for only a few dollars, get the generic version. After you have these plugged in, it's as simple as that. Plug these into the back of your television, then use your computer. You will now see the screen of your computer...

How To: Repair Samsung lcd TV power clicking problem

This five part series teaches you how to repair your Samsung LCD TV power clicking problem. This video is probably best to for TV experts or those fearless TV owner. This video walks you through the steps of giving your family entertainment center some at home surgery. The instructor with careful instructions and with your TV's safety in mind walks you through everything you need to know fix this pesky problem.

How To: Hook up a digital-to-analog converter box

Are you still watching television with an analog signal? If so, your TV may no longer work after February 17th, 2009. There is one easy fix to this problem though. There are many different kinds of convertor boxes out there, and the government is offering forty dollar coupons that you could use to get these digital-to-analog (DTV) converter boxes.

How To: Hack an LCD screen & overhead into a digital projector

Digital projectors can be prohibitively expensive, particularly for those who stand to benefit the most from their use—that is, young people who prefer watch television and movies on their home computers. No longer. This hacker's how-to demonstrates how to make a simple digital video projector out of an old LCD flatscreen monitor and a slide, or overhead, projector. For detailed, step-by-step instructions on fabricating your own LCD/overhead digital projector on the cheap, take a look!

How To: Fix a convergence problem on your rear projection TV

In this tutorial, we learn how to fix a convergence problem on your rear projection TV. First, go to the menu on your television and see if you can fix the convergence through this. If this doesn't work, then try replacing the STK IC's that are inside of the TV. This will require you to take the television apart and find where the convergence board is. Once you find this, disconnect all cables and remove the bored. You will see two STK IC's attached to their heatsinks. After you find these, r...

HowTo: Silence That Damn Vuvuzela!

If you've been watching the World Cup, you've likely become pretty damn annoyed by the vuvuzelas (even when played by kids as cute as above...). MOST of us have jobs, which means recording the games is necessary. As a solution, LifeHacker offers a simple equalization trick to remove vuvuzelas from an audio recording: Too complicated? Try this super simple trick posted on World Cup World.

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